800px-New-Year_Resolutions_listAs we say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017, now is a great time to reflect on the past year. What was your greatest accomplishment? Biggest downfall? What were your resolutions for the year? Were you successful? If you’re like the rest of us, your New Year’s resolutions fizzled out way back in late January. That’s because resolutions are often temporary. If you want to make a major life change, you must first make a lifestyle change.

Many times New Year’s resolutions are ineffective because of the excuses we tend to make. New Year’s resolutions are equivalent to the Monday’s we promise to start our diet but end up putting off till next week and the week after that. They make us believe that we need a fresh start or a new day to begin our endeavors. Think about it, what was stopping you from starting yesterday? Nothing.

It’s time to retire the New Year’s resolution and create a plan for a lifestyle change. The easy part is deciding what change you want to see, whether that is losing weight, spending less money and saving more or to quit smoking. Then comes making a plan. Start by setting one specific long-term goal. An example of a specific long-term goal could be I want to lose 25 lbs. by July 25th and then maintain that healthy weight with regular exercise and a healthy diet. Your goal should never have an end date, it should be ongoing if you plan to make a lifestyle change.

To help aid your long-term goal, create a couple of specific short-term goals. Examples could include, taking a healthy cooking class to learn how to make healthy meals, joining a regular Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 7.35.12 PMfitness class to encourage regular exercise or wearing a pedometer to track your daily steps. These short-term goals are all ongoing. They do not suddenly stop and allow you to go back to unhealthy ways.

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